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Museo Civico Archeologico

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Address: Via Dell'Archiginnasio 2, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 051 275 7211
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the...

The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the city, inside Palazzo Galvani, close to Piazza Maggiore and the Church of San Petronio. The first construction of this building dated back to the XV century. Modifications and renovations continued up to 1881, when it was definitively opened to the public as a Museum.You can reach the Museum using any bus that runs through Piazza Maggiore. This museum is among the most important in archeological finds in Italy and is highly representative of the local history from prehistoric period to Roman Age. Additionally, its ancient Egyptian collection is among the most important in Europe.

Opening hours

Tue-Fri: 9AM-3PM

Sat, Sun and holidays: 10AM - 6,30PM

Closed on Monday,New Year's day, 1st of May,Christmas Day.


Ordinary ticket: Euro 5 (visitors 19-65 years old);

Reduced Euro 3;

Children and youngs (0-18): free

Access for disabled visitors


Audioguides and QR code

Specialized library with a reading lounge.

Historic archive (available for consultation with an appointment)

Photographic archive (available for consultation with appointment or by written request)

Wardrobe: visitors are not allowed to enter in the Museum with bags, umbrellas and other large objects. It is possible to put personal effects inside appropriate boxes with keys. The wardrobe doesn't accept large cases or packs.

Bookings are obligatory only for groups with a guide

Standard photos, digital photos, videos and films are allowed but only without flash or other enlightening objects and exclusively for personal use and not for commercial purposes.

Inside the Museum smoking, eating or drinking are not allowed.

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Amazing collections

visited here as an archaeology student and was amazed at the vast collections from many eras. Not that much in english but still very interesting. Left me with so many questions.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

visited here as an archaeology student and was amazed at the vast collections from many eras. Not that much in english but still very interesting. Left me with so many questions.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum building and the collection is really good and unique. I was very excited to discover and check the findings they have until i realized that most of the pieces shown at the museum do not have any english translation at all. It was really disappointing because after some point i could not find a reason to stay longer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Except for three classes or well-behaved schoolchildren, we had the place to ourselves. Because our hosts had included in the information for guests several flyers describing the various collections, we had read a lot about the museum beforehand; but it nonetheless exceeded my expectations. The main floor was devoted to Neolithic, Etruscan, Greek and Roman artifacts made doubly interesting by... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't expect to find such a great collection in Bologna. The museum was amazing. It was free for students (so that was a plus). They haven't translated everything into English yet so they gave us a brochure that explained most of the exhibits. The egyptian and greek collections were my favourites (such a great amount of ancient greek pottery... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful collection in the Egyptian section, although deeper explanations on the history of the items would be helpful. A bit boring the prehistoric section, betty interesting the other rooms. A nice surprise in the heart of bologna.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Admission is included in the Bologna Welcome Card. The museum is excellent, beautifully laid out and very enjoyable.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Holidays get very busy, especially when you are in Italy for the first time and are soaking up the history. We left our visit to this museum just a bit too late in day, and found that when we reached the collections that interested us, the museum staff were informing visitors it was time to leave. We had not checked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

I absolutely loved this museum. It is big and, yet, not-so-big, distributed on three levels, easy to wander through for hours, and jam-packed with rare, priceless artifacts. Yes, most of the displays either don't have much written information or only have it in Italian, but, without much knowledge, one can still understand the general ideas and concepts of the items... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

I'd echo other traveler's sentiments about the collections being displayed in an old-fashioned way but there are several interesting artifacts in this museum. Of the quirkier objects...in the Egyptian collection, there's a display of a cat coffin & several cat mummies. The rescued Frescos are beautiful if a little faded. There are also fully intact Etruscan burial sites. And of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

The museum exhibits some Etruscan and Roman findings of Bologna. It has a big Greek vase collection and one of Italy's largest Egyptian artifacts from Saqqara. While at the time of my visit, most of the visitors were foreigners, there was little information available in English in most of the exhibition halls. There is a small photocopied leaflet with some... More 

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